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38 O ARKANSAS The Natural State


Arkansas Tourism • 001 501 682 7777 • Arkansas.com • Population: 2,889,450 • State Capital/Largest City: Little Rock • Local time: CST – 6 hrs behind the UK • Weather: Arkansas’s climate is temperate most of the year, especially spring and fall. Winter days are often sunny and mild • National/State Pks: 59 • Int'l G'ways: Atlanta and Dallas/Fort Worth


ARKANSAS combines the grace and charm of the Old South with the openness and friendliness of the pioneer West. Throw in the cosmopolitan feel of Little Rock, Hot Springs and Bentonville plus one-of-a-kind Eureka Springs and you have a major American destination.


The Ozark and


Ouachita mountains offer stunning vistas, while the Delta is where The Blues were born in Helena as was Johnny Cash in Dyess, where his restored boyhood home is now open. Over 600,000 acres of lakes and 9,700 miles


of streams and


rivers make the state an outdoors nirvana. Seven national parks, 2 ½-million acres of national forests, the Crowley’s Ridge and the Great River Road National Scenic Byways, seven U.S. Forest Service picturesque drives and 52 state parks all showcase the awesome beauty that is Arkansas.


Canoeing on Buffalo National River


State secret Arkansas is the largest and oldest wine producing state in


the South. Paris, Wiederkehr Village and Altus are located in Arkansas Wine Country, just off Interstate 40 northwest of Little Rock.


Don't Miss Historic Dyess Colony: Boyhood Home of singer


Johnny Cash: Ray Cash brought his family


in Roosevelt's 1935 to government-created


Dyess Colony. The home, which was seen in the movie I Walk the Line, has been restored.


arkansas.com COLORADO The Centennial State


Colorado Tourism Office • 08456 020 574 • colorado.com • Population: 5,029,196 • State Capital/Largest City: Denver • Local Time: MST – 7 hrs behind UK • Weather: Average of 300 sunny days with warm dry summers (av high 77 °F (25˚C), crisp sunny springs, colourful Fall foliage, mountain snow • National/State Parks: 52 • Int'l Gateway: Denver


COLORADO is known as declaration the


‘Centennial State’ as it became a state one hundred years after the nation’s


of


Independence. Boasting 300 days of sunshine per year, Colorado is a year


round international destination for travellers. Visitors


can explore the Rocky Mountains, Mesa Verde and Black Country National


Parks, six national


monuments, 40 state parks and 15 national forests and grasslands. Within these areas a myriad of outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing,


snowmobiling, ice


climbing, horse riding, and golf are available to all. Whether it is skiing at one of


Colorado’s celebrated ski resorts, white-water rafting down Colorado’s cascading rivers,


cultural events, shopping at Mesa Verde National Park


experiencing retail


centres or relaxing and enjoying the


state's cuisine, Colorado has something to offer for everyone!


State secret The tallest Sand


Dunes in North America are in South Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park, set in a landscape of grasslands, wetlands, alpine lakes, conifer and aspen forests.


Don't Miss Transporting you back to the romantic era of steam


railways, Colorado's Durango to Silverton Railroad travels through pristine scenery.


colorado.com visitusa.org.uk President CALIFORNIA The Golden State


Visit California • 020 7257 6180 • www.visitcalifornia.co.uk • Population: 38.04 million • State Capital: Sacramento • Largest City: Los Angeles • Local Time: 8 hrs behind UK • Warm dry summers, hotter inland. Mountain snow in winter, warm/sunny in the south • National/ State Parks: 25 national/279 state • Int'l G'ways: Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego


THE idea of California as a place where dreams really do come true is nothing new – people have been drawn to the Golden State as a place where anything is possible for


a


great many years. Restless?


Head to Mammoth,


Lake Tahoe or Mount Shasta for long ski seasons and watersports. Hungry? Drink in the sights of California’s ‘Salad Bowl’ in the Central Valley and sample a beer at one of 330 craft breweries. Exhausted? Enjoy the sunshine in a luxury rental property in beauty spots like Sonoma or Yosemite or be pampered in a spa in Palm Springs. Entertaining kids? Dip in and out of world-class attractions, take a road trip and create your own adventure as you go. Curious? Sit back and absorb the culture – be it people watching, a concert or a slice of Americana at a sports game.


Yosemite National Park


State secret California’s newest foodie hub, Oakland, has everything


from food trucks to Michelin-starred chefs. Over the last three years 150 new restaurants have opened up in this emerging destination, known as the Brooklyn of the West.


Don't


National Park during its anniversary


year,


Miss Visit Yosemite 125th


signed into


existence by Abraham Lincoln. The park will be celebrating with events culminating around the official anniversary date on 1st October.


visitcalifornia.co.uk CONNECTICUT The Constitution State


Connecticut Office of Tourism • 001 860 256 2800 • CTvisit.com • Population: 3,518,288 • State Capital: Hartford • Largest City: Bridgeport • Local Time: EST – 5 hrs behind the UK • Weather: Mild – coldest 35/18°F • (2/-8°C), warmest 84/63°F (29/17°C) • National/State Parks: 139 • International Gateways: New York and Boston


CONNECTICUT offers forests and hills, urban skylines, miles of shoreline, lakes and rivers, historic village greens, and world-class museums. Connecticut is a thriving centre for business with great corporate offices, as well as a superb holiday destination. Among the most popular attractions is Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium,


two of the


world's largest casinos, Mark Twain House and the Connecticut Science Center both in Hartford, historic homes


and landmarks, award-


winning theatres, scenic byways, wineries and vineyards, shopping outlets, antique venues, public golf courses, boating, hiking and biking. Explore the new Connecticut Antiques Trail (www.ctvisit.com/ antiquestrail), a curated online guide to the finest antiquing experiences across


the state. The state also Mystic Whaler, which departs New London


abounds with outdoor adventure and cultural opportunities.


State secret Weir Farm National Historic Site is the only National


Park Service site dedicated to American painting and was home to American artist J. Alden Weir. The 60-acre park is located in Ridgefield in the foothills of the Berkshires.


Don't Miss The award-winning Pequot Museum in Mashantucket is


the largest Native American museum in the world.


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